Baptist Health names new CEO

Baptist Health, the company that owns Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington, among others, has named Stephen C. Hanson president and chief executive officer, effective March 8. Hanson succeeds Tommy J. Smith, who announced his retirement last year.

Hanson, 61, has served in various senior leadership positions for Texas Health Resources since 2005, most recently as executive vice president and operations leader for the region covering Dallas-Forth Worth. Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, non-profit health systems in the United States, with 25 affiliated acute-care and short-stay hospitals.

Louisville-based Baptist Health, formerly Baptist Healthcare System, owns seven acute-care hospitals with more than 2,100 licensed beds in Lexington, Louisville, Corbin, LaGrange, Madisonville, Paducah and Richmond. An eighth facility, Oak Tree, is a long-term acute-care hospital in Corbin. The company manages Hardin Memorial Hospital in Elizabethtown and Russell County Hospital in Russell Springs.